27.9.12

Gare de Lyon - again.



The Paris railway terminals are all undergoing a modernization.  I recently reported on what has been done at  the Gare de Saint Lazare.

Soon four years ago I made a post on Gare de Lyon (and its famous restaurant Le Train Bleu). Since two years, part of the station (Hall 2) has been completely reshaped, including a new enormous glass roof. I feel that this renovation which includes a lot of new facilities, shops, escalators… has been very well carried out. It’s all modern, but fits well into the style of the 1900 building. (… not mentioning that solar equipment now takes care of the station’s energy need).

This is a station for the ever increasing number of TGV (fast) trains, linking Paris to the south, south east, Switzerland… New lines and city onnections are soon expected to increase the number of passengers from some 90 to some 100 million per year, so the request for service is there.

The link - large corridor - to the other part of the station (Hall 1) has also been renovated and offers a number of new shops.




The only sad thing I noted was that a kid obviously had lost a newly acquired Disneyland balloon. 

11 comments:

Nadege said...

Gare de Lyon is my favorite train station in Paris because it would take me to Lausanne or to Nice, Montpellier... Peter, you really are making me miss Paris with the last 2 posts.

Anne said...

Thanks for these photos. It really does look better.

martinealison said...

Merci pour ce merveilleux reportage photographique... Il me ramène à chacun de mes souvenirs de voyages... Très souvent je suis passée par cette gare venant de Saint-Etienne par le TGV et prendre aussi l'avion... ou tout simplement pour venir flâner à Paris...
Gros bisous et sourire à la vue de ce ballon échappé !...

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hi Peter
Oh no I missed all that.... and it's so wonderful!

I was in Burgundy (where my daughter lives)in June/July and we got the normal train up to Gare de Lyon for a shopping jaunt! We disembarked and immediately went down to the metro to make our way through the city.

I could be back at Christmas so I will know what to look for then - thank you Peter for the beautiful images!

hugs
Shane

claude said...

La Gare de Lyon s'est fait une beauté. Plus rien à voir avec la Gare d'où je partais en vacances dans le Berry et où on prenait encore des trains tractés par de vieilles locos.
Intéressante la vidéo.

Olivier said...

j'aime beaucoup les deux dernières photos ;))) je préférais l'ancienne gare

Thirtytwo degrees said...

Very beautiful photography. I enjoy seeing the innovations to this station. It does rekindle memories and longing to return.

starman1695 said...

I love European train stations. And European trains. And most of their destinations.

Jeanie said...

It's so airy and clean! Much tidier than most of the train stations here in the states!

Cezar and Léia said...

The Gare de Lyon is modern and beautiful! :)
Léia

delphinium said...

Tu sais pas quoi? un jour, quelqu'un m'a rapporté qu'il y avait des souris qui grignotaient au Train Bleu. Les clients en question avaient commandé des coupes et hop, tout près de leurs fauteuils il y avait des souris qui grignotaient le reste du déjeuner tombé par terre du client précédent. :-)))
C'est incroyable non?
On dit que les souris sont intelligentes. Des petits Einstein en puissance.

Et pourquoi tu as mis trois points de suspension après Switzerland? :-))